Adams, W. Royce.
Think . . . Read . . . Plan . . . Write . . . Rewrite
. New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1975.
This book has writing process exercises for developmental writing.
The Poetry Writing Handbook
. New York: Scholastic Book Sciences, 1981.
This is a very useful and practical book for teaching poetry writing.
In Your Own Words: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing.
New York: Doubleday, 1978.
This is a guide to writing prose and poetry.
Chapman, Abraham, Editor,
. New York: The New American Library, Inc., 1968.
This is a good collection of Negro literature that contains biographical information.
Davis, Arthur, Editor.
The American Negro: His History and Literature.
New York: Harper and Row, 1969.
This book contains the poetry and biographical information about Countee Cullen.
The Souls of Black Folk
. New York: New American Library, 1969.
This is a black literary classic that every teacher should read for background information. The last chapter deals with music of the blacks.
Writing with Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1981.
A valuable research and activity book which emphasizes writing principles and essential exercises to achieve powerful writing.
Gibson, Donald. Editor.
Modern Black Poets
. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1973.
This book provides a collection of critical essays about the black poets and their poetry.
Graham, Louise, Young, Miriam.
. New York: Globe Book Company, 1973.
This is a useful book for building writing skills for junior high students.
Langston Hughes: An Introduction to the Poetry.
New York: Columbia University Press, 1976.
This book provides a commentary and analysis of Hughes’ poetry, as well as a chronological sketch of his life.
Kerber and Jett,
The Teaching of Creative Poetry
. New York: The Waldeman Press, 1956.
This is a good book that stresses the connectedness of writing, speaking and reading.
Sleeping on the Wing.
New York: Vintage Books, 1982.
This is a helpful poetry writing book.
Wishes, Lies, and Dreams
. New York: Chelsea House, 1970.
A valuable book that describes methods for students to read and write poetry.
Kohl, Herbert R.,
Teaching the “Unteachable.”
New York: The New York Review, 1967.
Kohl describes his teaching experiences in East Harlem where he taught students to write out of their own experience.
Rico, Gabriele L.,
Writing the Natural Way
. Los Angles: J, P. Tarcher, Inc., 1983.
A valuable book designed to inspire writers to use both hemispheres of the brain to achieve “natural writing.” The processes of brainstorming and clustering are described as means of effective approaches to writing.
Shaughnessy, Mina P.,
Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing
. New York: Oxford Press, 1979.
This book has various activities for reducing errors in vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and syntax.
Shockley, Ann Allen.
Living Black American Authors
. New York: B. R. Bowker Company, 1973.
This biographical directory provides basic biographical information.
Black Literature for Hi
h School Students
. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English, 1978.
This is a good source for ideas for teaching black literature. It contains bibliographies, reference materials and a directory of publishers.